Friday, 12 June 2015

America's Car Museum

One really nice thing about the Seattle area is the number and variety of museums around.  A couple of weekends ago, our friend, WL, stopped by Seattle for a visit at the tail end of his business trip in the U.S.  Although he would have been happy to just hang out at our place, we decided to let the kiddos expend their energy at America's Car Museum down in Tacoma. The museum contains about 500 mostly vintage cars from the private collection of one Harold LeMay, a successful local businessman.  Apparently, his family own and run the LeMay Family Collection Foundation, which has another 1500 vintage cars!

 Some of the cars in the museum.

Hood Ornaments!

Tickets cost US$16 per adult, and kids 5 and under enter for free (yay!).  There is a little cafeteria on the mezzanine, which is open to the public (no tickets necessary).

Taken from the mezzanine.

Past the ticketing counter (on the main level) is the gift shop.  Upon walking through the gift shop, we were greeted by vintage Ford trucks.  The museum is set up such that we walk down ramps for four levels, with cars of all kinds all along the way.

The children were rather bored of cars, until we got to the Family Zone.  There is a build zone, where children can build their own wooden cars out of the various available parts. Then, there is an amazing race track where the kids can place the cars they built onto it to race each other.  Little Man had so much fun with this.

In addition to the race track, they also had a wooden road system with the main highways of the contiguous United States.  What I like about this (and had never before seen in Singapore), was that the play table had holes cut into it, so that a few kids could play together without getting in one another's way.

There was an old arcade racing machine (free) there as well.  Everyone had a go at it, including Little Man, who was really pleased that his legs were long enough to reach the paddles.  He did really well too, and beat all the adults. Little Lady was unfortunately still too short.

They also had another gaming area, the Speed Zone.  This one was more for the adults, with racing car simulators at US$8 a go.  There was also a slot car track which cost US$3.

It was a nice place to visit.  Lots of fun for car aficionados and children alike.  Do drop by if you happen to be in the area.

Little Man: 4 years 11 months
Little Lady: 2 years 10 months

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